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Observations on the Four Gospels
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Observations on the Four Gospels


T. Payne 1764

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This seminal classic represents a foundational development in Synoptic scholarship that shaped the course of the field for centuries to come. It is argued that this seminal work was the first formulation of what would later be known as the two-Gospel hypothesis, followed by Johann Jakob Griesbach and William Farrar. Henry Owen’s purpose in writing this volume was to arrive at deeper insight into, and more fruitful reading of, the Gospels by better understanding their origin and composition. In his own words, Owen presents this study as a way to “throw light on difficult passages and help us to reconcile the seeming contradictions which obstruct our progress in these sacred studies . . . [and to] impart an additional luster, force, and propriety to the several arguments which the Scripture offers for the confirmation and improvement of our faith.”

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If you like this resource be sure to check out Classic Studies on the Synoptic Problem.

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About Henry Owen

Henry Owen (1716–1795), a Welsh theologian and biblical scholar, was rector of St. Olave and fellow of the Royal Society. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford where he studied mathematics and medicine. He was later ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church.